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10 fascinating facts about the Dead Sea

During my travels through Israel and Jordan I learnt that there are so many interesting facts about the Dead Sea! So today I would like to share some of them with you... #1 The Dead Sea isn’t actually a sea Funnily enough, it’s not. Despite its name, the Dead Sea is...

Visiting the Sea of Galilee: Everything you need to know

The Sea of Galilee, whilst not technically a sea, is one of the most important biblical landmarks in the world. It is where Jesus is said to have walked on water. Every year tourists flock to visit - so here’s everything you need to know about making a trip to Sea of Galilee. Where is the Sea of Galilee? The Sea of Galilee is in the northeast of Israel. It is located in the Jordan Rift Valley,...

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Visiting Mount Tabor: A complete guide

When it comes to visiting Israel, there are plenty of biblical sites to explore. We hired a car (which I would highly recommend!)so it was really easy visit lots of sites across Israel in a short period of time. One of the places that we stopped off at was Mount Tabor, which I would recommend. Here’s a complete guide to use when planning a trip to the fascinating Mount Tabor. Where is Mount...

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Visiting the Mount of Olives: A complete guide

The Mount of Olives, otherwise known as Mount Olivet, is adjacent to Jerusalem’s old city. It makes for the perfect way to spend an afternoon when staying in the area and we really enjoyed looking around at all of the tombs and churches. If you’re wanting to visit the Mount of Olives, here’s my complete guide to the area. What is the Mount of Olives? As the name suggests, it’s a mountain ridge...

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Visiting the Jerusalem Old City: A complete guide

The Old City of Jerusalem is high on everyone’s list when visiting Israel. It was certainly one of the highlights for our tour! If you’re planning a trip to the area and want to make the most out of your time in Jerusalem, here’s everything you need to know! Where is the Old City? Nestled within the modern city of Jerusalem, the Old City is a walled area of 0.9 km2 or 0.35 square miles. It is...

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Visiting Haifa: A complete guide

Haifa is the third-largest city in Israel. Whilst many tourists have never heard of it, Haifa was a prominent part of our Israel travel itinerary. A port city in the north, it has plenty to offer to visitors and I would absolutely recommend visiting if you get the chance. Here's my complete guide to visiting Haifa. Getting to Haifa To visit Haifa, the best airport to fly to is Ben Gurion (TLV)....

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Visiting Mitzpe Ramon: A complete guide

Nestled in southern Israel, Mitzpe Ramon is a far cry from the more tourist-driven areas of the country. But that's the main reason why I loved it! Somewhat reminiscent of the Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania, Mitzpe Raom is eerily quiet, yet spectacularly beautiful. If you get a chance, I would absolutely recommend visiting Mitzpe Ramon on your travels through Israel. Why should you visit Mitzpe...

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Visiting Masada: Everything you need to know

Masada, in the Southern District of Israel, is an ancient fortification on top of an isolated rock plateau. On the eastern edge of the Judaean Desert, it’s a popular place to see when visiting Israel. We visited during our tour through Israel. It was actually one of the highlights of our trip, although we were very under prepared (we often to hike, in 35 degree heat, in flip flops...). I wish...

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Visiting Bethlehem: A complete guide

Bethlehem, a Palestinian West Bank town south of Jerusalem, is an important destination for a lot of pilgrims and travellers. We visited during our tour through Israel and would absolutely recommend a visit, whether you're religious or not (come on, did all of those nativity plays that you took part in as a kid not spark your interest a little bit!)! Here’s our complete guide to visiting…...

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Visiting the Church of the Nativity: A complete guide

The Church of the Nativity, in Bethlehem, is a significant Christian landmark. It is the main attraction in Bethlehem and we really enjoyed visiting during our trip to Israel and Palestine. Read on to find out all you need to know about visiting the church. What is the Church of the Nativity? The Church of the Nativity is a large basilica, currently owned by three church authorities. It contains...

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Traveling Through A War-Zone: Israel and Palestine

Ok so it’s a dramatic title designed to catch your attention, but ultimately it’s true. In the Summer of 2014 I traveled through a war zone: Israel and Palestine. From the moment I decided I would like to see this area of the world, I was stared at in disbelief and regularly had my sanity questioned: and yet none of this wavered my determination to arrive at my destination (even when Easyjet...

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I’ve been travelling, studying and teaching travel and tourism since I was 16. Through Tourism Teacher I share my knowledge on the principles and practice of travel and tourism management from both an academic and practical perspective.

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